Like the majority of non-native English writers, you struggle putting words together.
You’re in a constant battle to make sure your words get the attention they deserve.
Poor English language skills, lack of writing experience, and a lack of constructive feedback are some of the factors that prevent you from reaching your writing goals.
Don’t worry, it’s no biggie.
There are several proven solutions you can apply to improve your writing as a non-native English writer.
Tip #1: Hire an editor
Hiring an editor will save you time and money.
Rather than spending hours editing your work and missing out on job opportunities because of your poor writing, you can hire an editor to do it all for a fair amount of money.
Plus, getting personal feedback on your writing will help you steadily improve as a non-native English writer.
If you haven’t found an editor yet, make sure you check out my short guide on picking out the right editor for your freelance writing business.
Tip #2: Build a writing habit
Reading books, asking questions, joining an “advanced” English course, or anything else won’t help you improve your writing unless you actually write.
To enhance your writing fast, you should start a writing challenge.
“It’s not what we do once in a while that shapes our lives. It’s what we do consistently.”
― Anthony Robbins
Writing on a daily basis will increase your typing speed, motivation and productivity as a freelance writer.
Join Jeff Goins’s “My 500 Words Writing Challenge” and you’ll receive notifications to write every day for thirty consecutive days.
If you can’t find ideas to write about, try using writing prompts. Writing websites such as FluentU have some great prompts to get your creative juices flowing.
Make sure to set aside some time each day to write … As Shia LaBeouf says, “Just Do It!”
Tip #3: Read high-quality content
During my early days as a freelance writer (gosh, how old did I sound there?), I used to read tons of blog posts and articles by pro writers such as Bamidele Onibalusi and Jon Morrow.
Consistency is key.
You should also spend time reading writing books such as Ann Handley’s Everybody Writes or Zen in the Art of Writing by Ray Bradbury. For more titles, check out Ciaran’s post, 10 Books That Will Make You a Better Freelance Writer.
Tip #4: Translate content
Translating books, videos, and articles will expose you to new vocabulary and push you to dig into the meaning of each and every word.
Volunteering your translation services for non-profit organisations such as Code.org, Coursera, and TED Conferences can have a big impact on your work.
Consider creating a personal blog to post your translations, or advertise your availability as a freelance translator on online job boards and in forums.
Personally, I prefer translating from my native language into English, as this requires more English writing skill.
Ultimately, it’s up to you to keep writing. It only takes a few months to start seeing satisfying results.
The real question is: Do you want it badly enough?
Do you have any tips to improve your written English? Let us know in the comments below!